Crafts Center exhibitions include creative works from students, local artists and crafts guild members.

Exhibitions are on display throughout the year at the Crafts Center’s R. A. Bryan Foundation, Inc. Gallery and in the Street Gallery Windows. The windows usually display instructor examples for upcoming classes, craft guild exhibitions and works by Crafts Center artists and craftspeople.

Gallery exhibitions are supported by NCSU Foundation.

Exhibitions are open for viewing during normal Crafts Center hours as listed on our Calendar page.

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Spring 2017


In the R. A. Bryan , Inc. Gallery:


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Colors of the Nile: The Nile Project Mural

March 13 through July 30

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Art at the Atomic Scale

January 10 – March 3

To explore the atomic scale, scientists use very large and powerful microscopes that can capture pictures of atoms. Like looking through the telescope to see the stars, these electron microscopes make it possible to see how atoms arrange themselves to form a material. The works in this exhibit aim to translate science to the general public through an artist expression of the arrangement of atoms in materials, as captured with the scanning transmission electron microscope. This “atom art” shows people that we can directly see atoms, and the orderly, often beautiful, way that atoms are arranged in materials. And how those atoms are arranged, the patterns they make, is key to understanding a material’s properties and how engineers can control those properties.

Join us for a corresponding presentation by Professor James M. LeBeau on February 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Make your own piece of atom art in our Atomic Structure Pendant class!

In the  Street Gallery Windows: 


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The Potters Penguin Project

February 20 – April 28

A colony of Adélie penguins near Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, whose population recently plummeted from about 160,000 birds to 10,000 birds, inspired Triangle area potter Elizabeth Paley to start a community art project called the Potters’ Penguin Project. The goal was to collectively make and exhibit at least 1,500 clay penguins, to make the impacts of global warming on distant places more tangible to both makers and viewers.  The resulting colony has grown to over 1900 penguins, off which over 600 are currently on exhibit in the Crafts Centers street gallery windows. The variety in the colony is as inspiring as its sheer numbers. Over 400 makers participated, from professional and amateur clay artists, to elementary, middle, and high school students and artscamp campers, to volunteers and passersby at multiple Make-a-Penguin events. Most of the penguins originated in the NC Triangle, but  penguin donations have also been received from as far west as Arizona, as far south as Mexico, and as far east and north as Germany.  After exhibiting in various locations, the colony will disperse to raise funds for environmental advocacy charities.

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PPP orders of magnitude »
PPP species list »

Visit the Potters Penguin Project website to learn more about the project.